Remember when mom used to tell you your bedroom had to be spick and span and every nook and cranny had to be cleaned? In two hours? Well maybe mom isn’t hovering over your shoulder anymore fastidiously watching whether or not you are stuffing more junk under your bed, but it’s that time of the year again. When the trees are full of lush green vibrancy, the birds begin their nesting and the sun energizes us to all those little projects the winter blues kept us from completing.
The dust and the accumulation of unknown fungi species in our house have long driven us crazy but now that spring is here so is our underlying itch to do something about the cobwebs that have been hibernating in eerie corners for months.
It’s difficult to motivate ourselves to undertake this chore when we don’t even know where to start. Well that’s why I’m here. I get this spring-cleaning compulsion several times a year, every year and have found that the attempt is useless if not starting from the top.
So pull down that creaky, rusty ladder that unfolds itself from your ceiling and begin under the eaves of your house in the mysterious room where angels and ghosts alike are rumored to roam. This haunted place called the attic is in fact nothing more than a forgotten storage empire that may hold treasures and sentimental junk.
Starting here is best as this will help create order in perhaps your only storage solution. Then as you go room by room and find things that can be put in the attic you will know you have a semi-organized method awaiting the new arrivals from downstairs.
Using 14 to 30 gallon plastic sealable totes are perfect when it comes to ensuring that your valuables are in a secure location from moths, dust and the off chance of water leakage through your roof. If you have any energy left, print out the corresponding descriptive label on a sheet a paper and tape to the exposed side of the tote. This will help future frantic rummaging for that one particular item.
From there it’s the corners where wall meets ceiling. Cobwebs, dust, bacteria and perhaps hidden viruses are living rent-free. When was the last time you cleaned your ceiling fan and light fixtures? It’s true about Newton’s epiphany-that what goes up must come down but when it comes to dust bunnies and ceiling fans it is not coming down unless you are going up too!